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Tours in & around New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 67 listings

This section is divided into two sections, "All City Tours" and "Theme and Area Tours." The first contains tours which take you all around the city to the major sights while the second contains tours on a theme (fashion design) or area (Harlem, Chinatown).

See also:
EXCURSIONS for a list organizations which take you around or over the city by various means including walking tours.
EXHIBITIONS & DISPLAYS for special exhibitions in libraries and company headquarters.
MUSEUMS for museums, famous monuments, famous houses and estates and famous historical places.
SIGHTSEEING for a list of various sights open to the public.
CHURCHES for tours of well-known churches and synagogues in New York.

Tours in & around New York

Circle Line Downtown ZEPHYR Yacht Tour

Sail aboard the Circle Line ZEPHYR yacht for a one hour cruise and glide past many of New York's most legendary landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge for the best of sightseeing in New York City. Departs from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport.
Tel 212-809-0808
Tel: 866-977-6998; E-mail: info@harborexperience.com
Website: www.circlelinedowntown.com

Helicopter Flight Services, Inc. - Chelsea

Airport transfers about $500 per ride. Tours of NYC by air available Mo-Fr 10-18:15 & Sa-Su 11-18:15.
1 Pennsylvania Plaza, Chelsea NY 10119 Tel 212-355-0801
24 Hours: 888-933-5969

Helicopter Flight Services, Inc. - Chelsea

1 Pennsylvania Plaza, Chelsea NY 10119 Tel 212-355-0801
24 Hours: 888-933-5969

New York Like a Native

Tour Brooklyn and beyond. Highly energetic & eclectic, covering Brooklyn neighborhoods & the Lower East Side.
84 Sterling Pl., #2, Brooklyn, NY, Tel 718-393-7537
E-mail: nylikeanative@hotmail.com; Website: nylikeanative.com

St. Paul's Chapel

Manhattan's oldest public building in continous use, St. Paul's Chapel dates back to before the American Revolution. President George Washington worshipped here during the two years that New York City was the new nation's capital.
209 Broadway, Financial District NY 10007 betw Fulton & Vesey St, Tel 212-233-4164
Tel: 212-602-0872; Tel: 212-602-0874
Website: saintpaulschapel.org

All City Tours (24 listings total)

92nd Street Y

Organizes unusual & interesting tours each weekend..
1395 Lexington Ave., Carnegie Hill NY 10128 General Info 212-996-1100
Health Club: 212-415-5729; Website: 92ndsty.org

Architectural and Historical Tours

Municipal Art Society offers unusual tours of the city.
Tel 212-439-1049

Campus Coach

545 Fifth Ave., Midtown NY 10017 Tel 212-682-1050
Fax: 212-687-1010

Cielo e Mar Charter Service

Monuments, buildings and parks, restaurants and food, theaters, museums, opera, neat views and other stuff
Tel 888-755-2628

City Pass

City Pass tickets give you admission to six of New York's top attractions.
Tel 707-256-0490

CityPass

Half price coupon book for six major sights: Empire State Building Observatory, Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Top of World Trade Center Observatories. Buy at any attraction, by mail, or online.
1035 Barrow Lane, Napa, Ca 94558, Tel 707-253-1222
Fax: 707-253-8222; Website: citypass.net

Deep Sea Fishing

Four hour fishing trips. $32 for adults and $28 for senior citizens.
Tel 718-252-4398

Duke Ellington Centennial Tour

Trace the history of Duke Ellington
Tel 212-501-4531

Historic Orchard Street Bargain District

Meet at the corner of Lulow and E. Houston Sts. every Sunday at 11am.

Insider's Personalized Tours

Custom Tailored Tours.
Tel 212-375-9591

Liberty Helicopters

The Liberty Helicopters experience, combined with the level of service results in a wonderful flight-seeing experience every time: the grandeur of Manhattan's famous skyline, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Twin Towers and many other famous landmarks in a way unimaginable from the ground. Pilot-narrated, they last 4-18 minutes.
Tel 212-973-9292
Fax: 212-487-4781; Fax: 973-593-0053
Tel: 800-542-9933; Information: 212-967-6464
Website: libertyhelicopters.com

Magic Access

Full range of luxury services in NY for clients, corporate groups, guests or family. The programs range from a few hours of visit to several days and can be used for different occasions, such as conventions & meetings, incentive programs, spouse programs, or the need of translators during the meetings with foreign clients
Tel 201-798-4150
Fax: 201-798-7665; E-mail: staff@magicaccess.com
Website: magicaccess.com

Michael Kaback Walking Tours

Offer customized private and group tours.
Tel 212-370-4214

New York Party Shuttle Tours

New York's most comprehensive 6-hour sightseeing tour.
419 Lafayette St, 4th Floor, Tel 212-651-0776
Fax: 713-651-0776; E-mail: customerservice@newyorkpartyshuttle.com
Website: newyorkpartyshuttle.com

New York Skyride

Located within the Empire State Building. A zany fast-paced (but you never leave your seat) virtual tour of NYC.
350 Fifth Ave., Midtown South NY 10118 33rd St., Fax 212-947-0185
Tel: 212-279-9777; E-mail: swiley@skylinenyc.com
Website: skyride.com

New York Water Taxi

New York City Water Taxi provides commuter and tourism services for all of Manhattan with stops at West 44th Street Chelsea Pier 66 (Chelsea Piers recreation complex you can ice skate, golf, work our, bowl, sail and dine and you're steps from Chelsea's famous art galleries) Greenwich Village Hudson River Park, the West Village, NYC's original bohemian neighborhood World Financial Center World Trade Center Memorial, Battery Park City, the Winter Garden, Irish Hunger Memorial Battery Park Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Ferry, Castle Clinton, Museums of Jewish Heritage and the American Indian, Bowling Green South Street Seaport South Street Seaport Museum, Historic Tall Ships, Wall Street/New York Stock Exchange, Chinatown, Brooklyn Bridge, Fraunces Tavern Fulton Ferry Landing DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Grimaldi's, Brooklyn Heights Hunters Point Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City East 34th Street Midtown East, United Nations Building, Seven cross-town blocks from the Empire State Buildin
Financial District NY Customer Services 212-742-1969
E-mail: info@nywt.com; Website: nywatertaxi.com

New York Waterway Cruises

Sparkling boats leave here for a 90 minute tour of the major sights of the city. Less crowded than the ferry and more comfortable.
Pier 78 (W.S. at 37th), Tel 800-533-3779
Website: nywaterway.com

NYC Cop Tours

Retired NYPD Tour Guide & Technical Consultant/Advisor
Tel 646-734-2530
Tel: 718-769-1495; E-mail: nyccoptours@aol.com
Website: hometown.aol.com

Signature Tours

Custom created tours of New York City and beyond.
Tel 212-928-4689
Website: signaturetoursnyc.com

Spotlight New York Tours

Customized car, van, bus or boat tours of NYC, tour guide included. Specializing in Spanish & Portuguese language tours. Also scheduled bus tours of the city...mostly in Spanish & Portuguese.
Tel 201-246-1818
Fax: 201-246-1819; E-mail: spotnyc@aol.com
Website: spotlightnewyork.com

Street Smarts N.Y.

All tours $10. Explore New York with the Professionals.
Tel 212-969-8262

SusanSez NYC Walkabouts

Individual, customized, "off the beaten path" tours, as well as walking tours in Manhattan & the Bronx.
555 Kappock St, Bronx NY, Tel 917-509-3111
E-mail: susan.birnbaum2@verizon.net; Website: susansez.com

Tourco

Tel 508-771-5165
Tel: 800-537-5378; Fax: 508-790-1115
E-mail: info@tourco.com OR tours@tourco.com; Website: tourco.com

Theme and Area Tours (37 listings total)

Here we feature tour-excursions focused on a special theme ("Backstage on Broadway" or "Harlem Jazz Tours" or "New York by Night") or a specific area (Garment District, Chinatown). Usually they include transportation; some may include meals and beverages.

Art Gallery Tours New York

Guided walking tours of art galleries. Different tour each month!
Tel 212-946-1548
E-mail: nygallerytours@yahoo.com; Website: nygallerytours.com

Big Onion Walking Tours

Historic districts & ethnic neighborhoods can be explored with tour guides who hold advanced history degrees.
Fax 212-794-0064
Main Office: 212-439-1090; E-mail: bowtnyc@aol.com
Website: bigonion.com

Bogey's Mystery Tours

Tel 212-362-7569

Briggs Red Carpet Associates

Tours of Manhattan neighborhoods; theme tours for art galleries.
1501 Broadway, Theater District NY 10036 Tel 212-354-9440
Fax: 212-382-1560; E-mail: briggs@briggsnyc.com
Website: briggsnyc.com

BrookLynX

Non profit organization founded in 1979 to present cultural, educational, and informational programs that reflect Brooklyn's diverse population: support the borough's growing neighborhood and economic revitalization and provide programs that enhance the quality of life for residents of the city
647 Fulton St., Brooklyn NY 11217 Tel 212-718-7882
Fax: 718-802-9095; E-mail: bklynx@brooklynx.org
Website: brooklynx.org

City Walking Safaris

Two hour walking tours of Central Park and Brooklyn
Tel 212-726-2873

Cotton Club Gospel Brunch

Live gospel performances while you enjoy a delicious meal at Harlem's historic Cotton Club.
656 W. 125th St., Morningside Heights NY 10027 Tel 212-663-7980
Fax: 212-663-6879; Website: cottonclub-newyork.com

Doorway to Design

A tour that takes you to see furniture and fabric showrooms, antique dealer's and artists' studios.
1441 Broadway, Fashion District NY 10018 Tel 212-221-1111
Tel: 718-339-1542; Fax: 718-376-7120

FDNY Fire Zone

FDNY Fire Zone is a guided state of the art multi-media experience promoting fire safety keep your home safe by preventing fires enter a re-created fire scene create your own escape plan for you and your family
34 W. 51st St., Midtown NY 10020 Tel 212-698-4520
Website: fdnyfirezone.org

Foods of New York

Food tasting and cultural excursions , $35 per person
Tel 212209
E-mail: foodtours@aol.com; Website: foodsofny.com

Foods of New York Walking & Tasting Tours

A food adventrue in Greenwich Village. Come hungry! $25/person, reservations required.
Seventh Ave., West Village NY Tel 732-636-4650
Website: foodsofny.com

Garment Center Walking Tour

457 Madison Ave., Midtown NY 10022 Tel 212-935-3960
Fax: 212-753-1816; Website: mas.org

Greenwich Village

Tours available on history, architecture & shopping of this relaxed neighborhood- a favorite of every New Yorker.
West Houston St., to 14th St.,
E-mail: info@greenwich-village.com; Website: greenwich-village.com

Greenwich Village Jazz & Blues

Music Tours apporximately 4 hours long.
Tel 212-696-6617
Website: webspawner.com

Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

Literary tours. Two-hour tours every Sat. at 2 pm.
Tel 212-613-5796

Harlem Connection, Inc

102 W. 86th St., Upper West Side NY 10024 Tel 212-362-6592

Harlem Spiritual Tours

Tours of the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Soul food is offered at lunch on some tours. Day & night tours are available.
690 Eighth Ave., Theater District NY 10036 43rd/44th, Tel 212-391-0900
Tel: 212-391-7318; E-mail: hstours@pipeline.com

Harlem Spirituals Sightseeing Tours

Harlem Spirituals Gospel and Jazz Tours and New York Visions Diversity tours provide city packages tours and services group services special events transportation and concert opportunities for a different look at New York City Ethnic and Heritage Tours Award Winning African American Heritage Tour Jewish New York Museum of Art and Gallery Tours Music and Educational Workshops Theatre Packages City Packages available
Harlem NY Tel 212-391-0900
Fax: 212-391-7318; Toll-Free: 800-660-2166
E-mail: info@harlemspirituals.com; Website: harlemspirituals.com

Harlem Your Way

129 W. 130th St., Harlem NY 10027 Tel 212-690-1687
Fax: 212-866-7133

Hassidic Discovery Welcome Center

Insight into Jewish religious worship, kosher cooking and traditions for individuals or groups.
305 Kingston Ave. , Brooklyn NY 11213 Fax 718-771-6315
Main Office: 718-953-5244; E-mail: info@jewishtours.com
Website: jewishtours.com

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Free! Thursdays at 12 noon. Meet on the steps of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
1 Bowling Green, Tel 212-606-4064

Joyce Gold History Tours Of New York

Tours could be on foot or by vehicle, one hour or full day. Public or private tours, slide and talk shows, courses in Manhattan History, Leader: Joyce gold tours.
141 W. 17th St., Flatiron District NY 10011 Tel 212-242-5762
Fax: 212-242-6374; E-mail: NYCTours@aol.com
Website: nyctours.com

Kids NYC

Educational tours just for kids.
81 Ludlow St., Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-979-6800
E-mail: norman@kidsnyc.com; Website: kidsnyc.com

Kramer's Reality Tour

Kenny Kramer, who proclaims that he is the inspiration behind the Kramer character on the TV show "Seinfeld," takes you on a tour of NYC places featured in the sitcom. You'll visit Tom's Restaurant (a.k.a. "Monk's"), the Soup Guy and Kramer will fix you his special pizza. Reservations required. If you're not a "Seinfeld" fan, this tour will thoroughly confuse you.
tour starts at Pulse Theater, Fax 212-465-9327
In New York: 212-268-5525; In USA: 800-572-6377
E-mail: kramer@kennykramer.com; Website: www.kennykramer.com

Municipal Art Society

Public or private tours of various neighborhoods of the city focusing on NYC architecture and urban planning. Admission to the gallery is free every day.
457 Madison Ave., Midtown NY 10022 Fax 212-753-1816
Reservations: 212-935-3960; E-mail: info@mas.org
Website: mas.org

New York Like a Native

Tour Brooklyn and beyond. Highly energetic & eclectic, covering Brooklyn neighborhoods & the Lower East Side.
84 Sterling Pl., #2, Brooklyn, NY, Tel 718-393-7537
E-mail: nylikeanative@hotmail.com; Website: nylikeanative.com

New York Restaurant and Entertainment Center

Resource for tour operators and concierges. Website has info on the center which represents 50 restaurants and exciting entertainment venues for groups and independent travelers.
305 W. 45th St., Clinton NY 10036 Suite 413, Tel 212-757-9824
24Hrs / 7 Days: 888-550-6972; E-mail: sales@callnyrc.com
Website: callnyrc.com

New York Visions

Tours of Manhattan neighborhoods, Brooklyn and Bronx. Special tour packages with helicopter and yachts.
690 Eighth Ave., Theater District NY 10036 43rd/44th, Tel 212-391-0900
Fax: 212-391-7318; E-mail: hstours@pipeline.com
Website: harlemspirituals.com

NY Culinary Tours

Tour of NYC's cultures, shops, markets & mouth-watering, multi-ethnic dishes.
P.O. Box 461, NY, NY 10023, Toll-Free 800-766-8736
E-mail: info@nyculinarytours.com; Website: nyculinarytours.com

Perspectives

The art world of NYC is explored via Pearl Ehrlich's customized tours The fee (as of June 1999) is $150 per hour for up to five people.
215 E. 68th St., Uptown East NY 10021 Tel 212-861-3666

Radio City Stage Door Tour

The Radio City Stage Door Tour is a great way to see behind the scenes of Radio City Music Hall where the biggest names in show business have performed learn the secrets of the Great Stage explore the art deco interiors masterfully restored to their 1932 grandeur and get to meet a world famous Rockette tours operate daily
1260 Avenue of Americas, Midtown NY 10020 and 50th street, Group Sales 212-465-6100
Ticket office: 212-307-7171; Website: radiocity.com

Savory Sojourns

Delectable, well-crafted culinary & cultural tours of the city including behind the scenes tours of galleries, boutiques & historical neighborhoods.
Tel 212-691-7314
Tel: 888-972-8679; Fax: 212-367-0984
E-mail: addie@savorysojourns.com; Website: savorysojourns.com

Scene On T.V. Tours

See the actual sites used in television shows such as Seinfeld, NYPD Blue and Mad About You. Weekends at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm & 4pm.
Reservations 212-410-9830

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport's 12 blocks boast historic buildings and winding cobblestone streets. Enjoy views of Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, visit the South Street Seaport Museum, or spend an afternoon at more than 100 restaurants, shops and cafes.
19 Fulton St., Fulton NY 10038 Tel 212-732-7678
Tel: 212-732-8257; Fax: 212-964-8056
E-mail: seaport@generalgrowth.com; Website: southstreetseaport.com

South Street Seaport Museum

Features numerous exhibits on the history of the Port of New York, as well as the nation's largest private collection of historic vessels. Visitors can tour the six historic ships berthed on the East River, a 1913 lighthouse, a 19th-century printing shop and a block-long 1812 commercial building known as Schermerhorn Row.
207 Front St., Fulton NY 10038 Tel 212-748-8600
Fax: 212-748-8610; Website: southstreetseaport.org

Times Square Visitors Center

The free walking tour, "Times Square Expose," sets out from the Times Square Visitors Center each Friday at noon. Click here for Location.
1560 Broadway, Theater District NY 10036 Tel 212-768-1560
Fax: 212-768-0233; E-mail: info@timessquarealliance.org
Website: timessquarenyc.org

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts in museums, parks, historic neighborhoods and even zoos, hunters compete in teams to decipher clues and answer tricky, humorous questions. FUN!
Tel 212-726-1529
E-mail: info@WatsonAdventures.com.; Website: watsonadventures.com

Tours To Surrounding Suburbs (1 listings total)

Long Island Travel Guide

It offers a series of one-day escorted railroad/bus tours to various points on Long Island: famous homes and gardens, Hamptons, Montauk tours, history tours, train/boat cruise tours and other rail tours through Long Island.
Tel 800-441-4601
24 Hours: 516-822-5477